LAHORE: The district administration on Thursday announced the facility of free coronavirus testing for the residents of Lahore.
The announcement was made by Commissioner Capt (r) Muhammad Usman. To avail the facility, a dedicated helpline, 1133, has been established.
The development reflects the gravity of the situation after a third Covid-19 wave intensified in Punjab.
As many as 2,789 new cases and 64 deaths from coronavirus-related complications were reported in Punjab in the last 24 hours. With new deaths, the toll soared to 6,427.
According to the data shared by a spokesperson of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD), the number of coronavirus cases in the province has surged to 223,181.
The P&SHD data showed that 1,768 new cases were reported in Lahore, 9 in Kasur, 31 in Sheikhupura, 7 in Nankana Sahib, 150 in Rawalpindi, 14 in Attock, 6 in Jehlum, 2 in Chakwal, 56 in Gujranwala, 48 in Mandi Bahauddin, 8 in Narowal, 2 in Hafizabad, 83 in Sialkot, 47 in Gujrat, 180 in Faisalabad, 19 in Toba Tek Singh, 21 in Chiniot, 11 in Jhang, 44 in Sargodha, 1 in Mianwali, 17 in Khushab, 2 in Bhakkar, 105 in Multan, 14 in Vehari, 16 in Khanewal, 9 in Lodharan, 2 in Muzaffargarh, 7 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 4 in Rajanpur, 1 in Layyah, 28 in Rahim Yar Khan, 52 in Bahawalpur, 28 in Bahawalnagar, 30 in Okara, 13 in Pakpattan and 32 were reported in Sahiwal district.
The department has so far conducted 3,838,133 tests while 189,856 confirmed cases recovered altogether in the province.
The department further urged the people to follow guidelines for their protection and cover faces with masks. People should wash their hands with soap to protect themselves from Covid-19.